Leadership and collaboration are among the many competencies the New Jersey Department of Education expects teachers at all levels of experience to demonstrate. This expectation calls for teachers to not only play a classroom leadership role in advancing student learning; teachers are also expected to collaborate with colleagues and other education stakeholders to ensure learner growth and to advance the profession. Candidates enrolled in the Rutgers Alternate Route program regularly have opportunities to build capacity in these areas. As new teachers with common needs, candidates quickly form a community and become a great source of support and knowledge for one another. They frequently trade advice and recommend resources for their peers to explore. Below are some of the resources recommended by our most recent cohort of candidates. They include a wealth of helpful websites for instructional content, enrichment and deeper learning, assessment and grading, and industry news. Each has been marked with the appropriate grade level and content areas where applicable.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE RECOMMENDED RESOURCES FROM ALTERNATE ROUTE CANDIDATES.
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Actively Learn - Actively Learn offers texts and videos for ELA, Science, and Social Studies with scaffolded and higher-order questions.
CommonLit (3-12) - CommonLit is a database of literature, including poems, short stories, informational text, and essays.
Facing History (9-12, History) - Facing History has a collection of resources to help teachers support students in becoming thoughtful, responsible citizens.
Mystery Science (K-5, Science) - Mystery Science offers lessons on a variety of topics. Each lesson begins with a mystery to hook students.
Raz-Kids (K-5) - Raz-Kids is a reading website that delivers hundreds of interactive leveled eBooks spanning 29 levels. Student can listen to, read, and answer comprehension questions about the books.
Science4Us (K-5, Science) - Science4Us offers science resources that also build literacy and math skills for kindergarten, 1st grade and 2nd grade students.
The Art of Ed - The Art of Ed has lesson plans and resources for any grade Art class.
CNN 10 (6-12)- CNN 10 is a news site for students.
News ELA (K-12)
The 74 - The 74 is a non-profit, non-partisan news site covering education in America.